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Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road
Howard Stein Hudson (HSH) has prepared this technical memorandum for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) to present both short- and long-term safety improvements that could be implemented at the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road crossing between Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) on the southern side of the road and the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS), and the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena on the northern side of the road.
High School Track and Field
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This application is being evaluated in context to the Study of the High School Area and Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road Corridor Region in Oak Bluffs -- Existing Land Uses and Regulations published March 8, 2017 and prepared for the Oak Bluffs Planning Board by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.
JUNE 16, 2020 — TOWN MEETING. $2,774,000 was given to finish the work of Streetscape. It will be used to pay costs of replacing sidewalks and public infrastructure in the Circuit Avenue, Healey Square, Kennebec Avenue business district and Lake Avenue parking in conjunction with the Town’s Streetscape Master Planning Process, including final design and specifications and for the payment of all other costs incidental and related.
CWMP Public Information Meeting
A public information meeting with progress on the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) was held October 23, 2019. Please click on the letter at right or below to read a letter from OBPB Chairperson Ewell Hopkins.
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Oak Bluffs is Going Green!
Oak Bluffs is working towards receiving a Green Community designation. For more information, click here.
Public Information Sessions:
- Thursday, February 6, 6:30 to 8pm
- Thursday, March 5, 6:30 to 8pm
Solar Bylaw Amendment Proposal
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The Planning Board held a public hearing on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom, for discussion to amend Section 12.0 Solar Energy Systems to include Use of Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations as the town seeks Green Community Designation. This bylaw proposal will be considered at a future town meeting.
Ewell Hopkins, Chairperson
Term Expires: 2024
Erik Albert, Vice Chair
Term Expires: 2021
Term Expires: April 2022
Term Expires: 2023
Term Expires: 2025
Powers and Duties
- Prepare a comprehensive/master plan (MGL c 41 §81D)
- Propose, review, hold hearings and make recommendations on zoning bylaw/ordinance changes (text and map)
- Review and act on subdivisions - preliminary and definitive plans (MGL c. 41, § 81K-81GG)
- Review and sign Approval Not Required (ANR) plans
- May be a Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA)
- Review and act on Site Plan Reviews/Approvals
- May hire and supervise planner
- Review and make recommendations to the ZBA (Special permits, comprehensive permits.)
- Review and act on Scenic Road changes
- Review and act on Repetitive Petitions
- Initiate planning projects/plans
- Review requests to remove property from MGL c. 61
- May review and recommend capital improvements
- Other duties as authorized by bylaw, charter
Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road Corridor Planning Initiative
Oak Bluffs is a cherished place, its southern region being the heart of Martha's Vineyard's three down-island towns, if not the entire Island community. This region, a mixture of public & non-profit services, and residential & commercial land uses faces strong development pressures. Few people are aware of the vast amounts of undeveloped land and the interests of current landowners to repurpose their existing developed parcels.
It is the goal of the Oak Bluffs Planning Board to bring an improved process of visioning and oversight to this critical segment of our town.
We invite you to review the recently adopted report of existing land uses and established regulations. This baseline of planning will serve to inform all future efforts in this segment of town. As defined in this report, for planning purposes, this segment of Oak Bluffs will be referred to as The Edgartown- Vineyard Haven Road Corridor.